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Professor named to newly created post in government relations

January 03, 2012

Political Science professor Herbert C. Smith has been named director of government relations at the college.

A noted political analyst and expert on Maryland politics, he also co-authored the newly published “Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance,” which sets the standard for understanding Maryland politics.

Smith has taught at McDaniel since 1973, and served as chair of the political science and international studies department from 1998 to 2002. Prior to McDaniel, he was an instructor at Essex Community College from 1969 to 1972.

He has written close to 100 articles of political analysis and commentary published by The Baltimore Sun and other news outlets, and is frequently quoted in news stories. He also appears as a political commentator on Maryland Public Television, WBAL-TV, and WMAR-TV, and is a regular contributor to “Midday” hosted by Dan Rodricks on WYPR-FM.

His campaign experience began in 1971 with Baltimore’s Mayor William Donald Schaefer, and since then, he has campaigned for other Maryland political candidates. In 1985, Governor Harry Hughes appointed Smith to the Baltimore City Board of Elections. He was also appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to the Maryland Sports Fisheries Advisory Commission in 2009.

Currently, Smith is the director of the Survey Research Center at McDaniel. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College and master’s and doctorate degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

Smith is the co-author with John Willis of “Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance” which was released January 1, 2012. The book looks at the “demographic diversity, geographic variety and dynamic Democratic pragmatism of Maryland,” according to the University of Nebraska Press. “Tucked between the larger commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia and overshadowed by the political maneuverings of its neighbor, Washington, D.C., Maryland has often been overlooked and neglected in studies of state governmental systems.”

About the book, Smith said, “The story of Maryland government, its policies and its people is certainly deserving of long due national recognition.”

Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance